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Start Date: 11-Jan-1973 9:04 AM

End Date: 11-Jan-1973 9:42 AM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Kennedy, Richard T. (Col.)Brennan, Peter J.

Recording Device: Oval Office

838-011a.mp3

838-011b.mp3

NARA Description:

On January 11, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon, Col. Richard T. Kennedy, and Peter J. Brennan met in the Oval Office of the White House from 9:04 am to 9:42 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 838-011 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 838-11

Date: January 11, 1973
Time: Between 9:04 am - 9:42 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with Col. Richard T. Kennedy at 9:04 am.

       Vietnam negotiations
             -Henry A. Kissinger
                    -Protocols
                    -William H. Sullivan
                    -Le Duc Tho
             -Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
                    -Nguyen Van Thieu
                    -Agreement with Hanoi
                            -Thieu

The President talked with Peter JOHN Brennan between 9:08 and 9:09 am.

[See Conversation No. 35-128]

       Vietnam negotiations
             -Presidential announcement schedule
             -Haig
             -Thieu
             -Haig's role
                     -President's inauguration
                     -Thieu
                     -Kissinger
                     -Thieu
                     -Timing
             -North Vietnamese position
             -Briefings
                     -Spiro T. Agnew call to H. R. (“Bob”) Haldeman
             -Haig
                     -Kissinger's cable
                     -President's instructions
                              -8-

    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                       Tape Subject Log
                         (rev. Feb.-09)

                                          Conversation No. 838-11 (cont’d)

        -Creighton W. Abrams, Jr.
        -Secretary of Defense
        -Security Concerns
                -Haig
                -Abrams
-Details of agreement
        -Haig
        -Kissinger
        -Melvin R. Laird
        -Abrams
        -Haig
        -William P. Rogers
        -Sullivan
        -Shanghai Communique
        -Moscow Summit
-Rogers's call
        -Kissinger
        -Content
-Agnew
        -Possible purpose of visit
-Haldeman
-Security concerns
-Rogers's staff
-Laird
-Rogers
-Response of Col. Kennedy to inquiries
-Rogers's position
-Kissinger
-Press reaction
        -Washington Star
        -Murrey Marder
-Haig
        -Trip to Saigon
-Bombing
        -Lyndon B. Johnson
        -Alternatives
        -Public relations problem
-Bombing halt
        -"Protective reaction"
                               -9-

    NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                       Tape Subject Log
                         (rev. Feb.-09)

                                               Conversation No. 838-11 (cont’d)

                -Laird
        -Haig's arrival in Saigon
                -Thieu
-Bui Diem
        -Tran Van Do
-Rogers
-Thieu
-Kissinger
        -Signing of agreement
        -Schedule
-Financial assistance to North Vietnam
-Legislative leaders
        -Calls to inform of developments
        -Kissinger
        -Haig to Saigon to inform Thieu
        -Bombing in North Vietnam
        -Wording
        -US goals
                -Cease-fire
                -Prisoners of War [POWs]
                -South Vietnamese self-determination
-Kissinger
        -Congressional pressure for consultation
        -Calls to leaders
                -Read statements
        -Schedule
-Timing of announcement about bombing halt
        -Kissinger phone calls
                -Timing
-Ronald L. Ziegler announcement
        -Content
        -Calls to Congressional leaders
        -Schedule
-Kissinger
        -Amount of information
-List of foreign heads of state
        -Pierre E. Trudeau
        -Kakuei Tanaka
        -Alaf Palme
                                            -10-

                  NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                     Tape Subject Log
                                       (rev. Feb.-09)

                                                            Conversation No. 838-11 (cont’d)

                      -Edward R. G. Heath
                      -Georges J. R. Pompidou
                      -Maurice Schumann
                      -State Department
                              -Trudeau
                      -Foreign ambassadors
                      -Kissinger
              -Marc Cadieux
                      -U. Alexis Johnson
                      -Rogers
              -Australian ambassador
              -Anatoliy F. Dobrynin
              -President's visit to Canada
                      -Trudeau
              -Giulio Andreotti
              -Heath
              -Mitchell Sharpe
              -Tanaka
              -Marshall Green
              -Lyndon B. Johnson
              -Heath
                      -Courage
              -Golda Meir
                      -Relationship with US
                      -Aid from US
                      -Golan Heights
              -Austrians
              -South Vietnamese
              -Historical view of US Vietnam policy
              -Peter J. Brennan
              -Kissinger
              -North Vietnamese
                      -Thieu


The President talked with the White House operator at an unknown time between 9:09 and 9:42
am.

[Conversation No. 838-11]
                                               -11-

                   NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Feb.-09)

                                                             Conversation No. 838-11 (cont’d)

       Vietnam negotiations
             -Thieu
                    -Cease-fire
                    -Political implications
             -US Senate resolution
             -Ellsworth F. Bunker
                    -Thieu

Kennedy left at 9:42 am.